Top 5 Guitar Amps of 2019

Top 5 Guitar Amps of 2019

Electric guitar would be nothing without its partner for life: the amplifier. Guitarists will agree that 2019 was a great year for making yourself be heard. We’ve compiled our list of the Top 5 amps of 2019, below, just for you…

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Fender Champion 100 XL

This “black face” solid-state Fender amp is equipped with: 2x 12″ custom CelestionMidnight 60speakers for 100 watts of electrified power. With 2 channels, 7 effects, 12 amp sounds and a 2-way footswitch you’ll be well on your way for rocking out at home or on stage.

Marshall Studio Vintage SV20H

A beautiful Marshall tube head with a preamp based on the classic 1959 SLP (super lead plexi) for that authentic rocking lead sound.  One channel (with 4 separate inputs) and five tubes (2x ECC83, 1x ECC83 [Phase Splitter], 2x EL34) make this amp head roar with 20 watts of power (can be reduced to 5W). A DI out and Serial FX loop are the cherry on top that make this classic amp super desirable in 2019.

Revv D20 Amp Head

This tube amp head, from the Canadian brand REVV, is small and lightweight but powerful (switchable from 4W to 20W)! The built-in Two Notes Reactive Load & Virtual Cabinets (6 customisable virtual cabinets) are selectable via the front knob or up to 128 via MIDI. The head is connectable directly to a mixer, interface or headphones (without use of speaker) and gives you all the possibilities you can ask for. Twenty watts, 2x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 2x 6v6 power amp tubes make this and absolute must-have.

Hughes&Kettner Black Spirit 200 Combo

The secret behind the sound of this combo amp is its completely new Bionic Tone Generator technology. Here the complex dynamic processes of classic tube circuitry have been reproduced and optimised with new analog circuitry principles. From this comes the special playing feel as well as the tube-amp quality sound. Four channels (Clean, Crunch, Lead, Ultra) feed this 200 watt  amp through its 1 x 12″ Celestion G12H-75 Creamback speaker. You can store up to 128 presets, emulate 8 different speakers, stream playback of music via Bluetooth and so much more. Check out the product page for full specs.

Line6 Spider V 30 MkII

This electric guitar modelling combo amp has a 1x 8″ custom full-range speaker & tweeter for the flat-response output needed to emulate various amps (or reproduce music clearly via USB or AUX).  Thirty watts of power blast the sound of your favourite renowned sound designers (ex. Dan Boul of 65amps) and offer artist and song presets by Bill Kelliher, Josh Smith, Devin Townsend, Dustin Kensrue, Jeff Loomis, Ola Englund, Fluff, Jeff Schroeder, Oz Noy and Vernon Reid. Its full-range speaker mode is ideal for acoustic guitar and jam track playback. Talk about versatility, and all this (and more) in such a compact amp!


 

There you have it, 5 of the best guitar amps of 2019, handpicked by our staff, just for you. What do you think? Would you have selected others? Let us know!

 


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Joe has been singing since he can remember and started playing guitar when he was 10. He's been using it as a songwriting tool ever since. He is passionate about melody and harmony and admires musicians who create these in unique ways. Check out his alternative / indie projects Best of Feelings and Zef Raček.

9 comments

    Bought the DSL20HR as soon as it came on the market and love its versatility was gonna go with fender super champ x2 but glad I decided on the Marshall

    The fender Princeton can hold its own in a big room or small venue Big trem and reverb a piercing sound for solos or turned down mellow practice amp

    I brought the Marshall Origin 50 watt head. It’s the best amp I’ve had and my 4th Marshall amp. Perfect with my trusted Line 6 M13.

    The new Blackstar Venue Mk2 amps are amazing, particularly the 60W 2×12 Combo, for tone and flexibility.Deserve an honourable mention

    What about the small Fender mustang.?

    What an amazing array of amps. From really quiet, to really loud! I’ve heard all these amps and they leave everything behind. The little orange amp impressed me massively. It has every sound you could possibly want. Just a slight tweak on anything and you have another beautiful sound. It has all the old Vox ac 30 sounds in there as well. Also it has a feel of the famous Marshall JTM45! I couldn’t believe what I heard. You must try one, you’ll be glad you did. Once I plugged in, I was on it for ages. I couldn’t stop. It’s so practical. You can chill quietly at home, or blast loud on stage. My plan is to get two. To have a stereo delay pedal between the two amps to thicken and double the sound. Well done, and thanks Orange! I’m more than impressed!

    I play through an Orange as 30 thc and an Orange 2×12 OB cab and use a Tiny terror for rehearsal. Despite some great new amps out there Orange range just does it for me and yet to be surpassed.

    Can anyone comment on my Fender vintage modified please. It’s a valve amp and sounds good but being new to this area I’m hoping I’ve purchased well.
    Bob.

    How can Boss Katana 50/100 not be on this list?

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